Life’s love found in tomb

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wekly Life -

tele­vi­sion shows and writ­ten 13 books about boy king Tu­tankhamun.

“Ev­ery year we learn some­thing new about him,” Dr Hawass said.

“I did find out how he died; he was not murdered but had phys­i­cal prob­lems in­clud­ing flat feet and suf­fered from malaria.

“I did a CT scan and be­lieve these phys­i­cal prob­lems and an ac­ci­dent he had two hours be­fore his death, maybe rid­ing a char­iot that fell, is how he died. I also did DNA and found his fam­ily.”

Dr Hawass was in Perth last week to launch ex­hi­bi­tion Tu­tankhamun – His Tomb and His Trea­sures, pre­sented by Van Eg­mond Group in as­so­ci­a­tion with WA Mu­seum at Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre un­til Jan­uary 15, 2017.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has toured world­wide and Dr Hawass trav­els to each city to present a pub­lic lec­ture co­in­cid­ing with the open­ing.

Tu­tankhamun – His Tomb and His Trea­sures fea­tures a re-cre­ation of King Tut’s tomb as dis­cov­ered by Bri­tish ar­chae­ol­o­gist Howard Carter in Novem­ber 1922 and metic­u­lously doc­u­mented by pho­tog­ra­pher Harry Bur­ton.

All tick­ets in­clude an au­dio guide and Dr Hawass said it was the most au­then­tic ex­hibit he had seen.

“Most of the arte­facts in this ex­hi­bi­tion will never leave Egypt,” he said.

“There­fore it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to look at the re-cre­ated mask, the cof­fin and see the amount of gold found in­side the tomb.

“It is a well-ed­u­cated ex­hibit for chil­dren and adults to learn about the dis­cov­ery.

“An­cient Egypt is the only civil­i­sa­tion in the world where you can ask a child in Perth about it and they will re­spond with pyra­mids, sphinx, mum­mies and King Tut; all four fas­ci­nate ev­ery­one and now peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence the mys­tery and magic of King Tut.”

Dr Hawass said one of his next projects was a show to pro­mote tourism in Egypt where ac­tor Tom Hanks was men­tioned as a pos­si­ble pre­sen­ter with him.

“It’s not cer­tain but we’re work­ing on fi­nal­is­ing it now,” he said.

“I hope it hap­pens.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d460328

World-renowned ar­chae­ol­o­gist and Egyp­tol­o­gist Dr Zahi Hawass was in Perth to open the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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